If you enjoy chicken gizzards, this is the dish to have.
When I have chicken rice, I’ll usually add chicken gizzard, and I’ll add a duck gizzard when I have stewed duck rice. It’s a nice supplement to a dish because I enjoy the fibrous texture of gizzard if it’s cooked to be tender enough.
But this is the first time I’ve had a dish where the gizzard is the hero. And while the chicken gizzard with chicken rice only has the texture to commend it, the Soup Mempedal (mempedal is Malay for gizzard) at Selamat Datang Warong Pak Sapari at the Adam Road Food Centre had both texture and taste.
The gizzards were served in traditional soto (Malay or Indonesian soup) which was delightfully spicy and flavourful, and garnished with lots of deep-fried onions and other vegetables. The gizzards themselves were cooked to be so tender, yet still nicely chewy to the bite. Definitely a dish I’d recommend to all, and one I’ll eat again. I might just have to wait a bit though – be aware that gizzards contain a high level of cholesterol.
I added a bergedil (potato cutlet) to the soup and really liked that it was all made of real potato, and didn’t contain the flour that is sometimes added at some stalls that bulk up their cutlets with the cheaper ingredient. The bergedil is really worth having, even if you’re eating other dishes from this stall like Soto Ayam (chicken soup) or Mee Soto (noodles in soup).
Looking at the photo of the stall above, it seems that the name of the shop is Selamat Datang. That means “welcome” in Malay and in Indonesian (they are closely-related languages), so I’m not sure if it’s a welcome greeting or the name of the shop.
The words Warong Pak Sapari on the signboard certainly seem to be at least part of the name of the shop, as it means Mister (or father) Sapari’s shop. I’ll just take it that the stall is called Selamat Datang Warong Pak Sapari.
This stall has been around for many years, but the lady I remember as running this stall many years ago doesn’t seem to work here anymore. However, the food still tastes great and the stall continues to attract queues at lunchtime.
The last photo in this post is the dish after I ate some of the soup – I took it so you can see just how much gizzard they put into the bowl.
If you have no idea what part of the bird the gizzard is, well, it’s actually part of a bird’s stomach. A bird swallows grit (fine sand) and the sand helps it to grind food in the gizzard.
Mmm-mmm. Doesn’t that make you want to rush out and get some right away. No fear, the grit is removed before cooking, so there won’t be a problem with you digesting the gizzards in your own stomach.
Meal eaten on Tuesday 17 May 2016 at 11:30am.
Soup Mempedal (Chicken Gizzards): $5
One extra bergedil (potato cutlet; described on the shop’s sign as “potato patties”): 50 cents
Selamat Datang Warong Pak Sapari
Adam Road Food Centre
2 Adam Road